-Meeting 7- Carmel Whittle

We collaborated with Gallery 101 on this part of our study.

The meeting took place on Wednesday June 20th, at G101, 280 Catherine Street

Facilitated by Carmel Whittle, G101’s Community Outreach Indigenous Liaison

I’d like to thank Carmel Whittle for facilitating, and G 101 staff (Laura and Georgia) for setting the stage for a deeply engaging discussion on (re-)conciliation. This could be the beginning of a productive collaboration between RIA and G101!
Comments, questions and afterthoughts are always welcome. Send them to me and I can post them on this page.
Here is a link to the CBC site Beyond 94: Where is Canada at with reconciliation?

Carmel writes;

Our Call To Action: to collaborate

RIA and Gallery101

What to expect?

Gallery 101, in collaboration with RIA is planning a series of readings and discussions on reconciliation. Our first session will be on Wednesday, June 20th, 2018, from 2:00 PM to 4:00PM at Gallery 101.

We have a short amount of time to work with and my suggestion is to record your findings, your understandings of what you have read, in particularly look to the issue of Appropriation. I will suggest that some of the work in your researching and exploring be written in a journal. If there are questions, thoughts that could be discussed in our sessions then you could refer to your journal.

There will be a hand-out at the end of our 1st session and i will call them our “Action Guide 2018”. The Action Guide will have a number of activities that will help in learning more about Indigenous culture, ceremony, art & traditional practices.

Look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday, June 20th.

Carmel A. Whittle

G101 Community Outreach Indigenous Liaison

280 Catherine Street

Ottawa, ON


Calls to Action Summary – 20 pages


Recommended reading below: It is important to read the following two excerpts before proceeding to the recommended readings for our June session.

What we have learned: Principles of Truth and Reconciliation,

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, 2015

The 500+ pages of the Executive Summary include calls to action in detail and contains the discussion leading to each call to action. Please read the following excerpts:

1. Pages 113-126: “Reconciliation”


The 10 principles (on pp. 125 and 126) are very important to understand when working through the many layers of what it means to work towards reconciliation. The principles can be referred to when direction is required or, as Sinclair points out, there will be confusion, there will be difficult conversations. The principles can be something we can return to as we work our way through the sessions on colonization

There is mention of the Royal Commission which i had introduced in our previous

gathering. There is much to be said for stories in this short article but i think it will

support what we are discovering together, which is knowing our story and in turn listening to others.

2. Pages 279 – 292 of the Executive Summary: “The arts: Practising resistance, healing, and reconciliation.”


1st session: Truth and Reconciliation: Recommendation #83,

Wednesday, June 20, 2:00PM – 4:00PM at Gallery 101,

280 Catherine St. Ottawa

We call upon the Canada Council for the arts to establish, as a funding priority, as strategy for indigenous and non-indigenous Artist to undertake collaborative projects and produce works that contribute to the reconciliation process.”

Please read the following two articles from the complete West Coast Line publication online: Summer edition, 2012:

1: David Garneau: “Imaginary Spaces of Conciliation and Reconciliation,” West Coast Line, Summer 2012

2: Alex Janvier: “Reflections” (Remarks and Interview) Interview by Jonathan Dewar, West Coast Line, Summer 2012  pages 12 – 21

Both files can be downloaded from the West Coast Line webpage


The readings below are readings in your own time they are not required for the first session:

The Survivors Speak (259 pages)


Additional resource

Canadian Public Opinion on Aboriginal Peoples 2016

http://nctr.ca/assets/reports/Modern%20Reports/canadian_public_opinion.pdf pp. 45-50 Grouping of Canadian opinions as determined by this study – positive and negative.

Other Sources:

Mediatropes An academic journal on indigenous issues:


Restoration of Tribal Government and Soveignty,  etc.


Lindsay Day, Ashlee Cunsolo, Heather Castleden, Debbie Martin, Catherine Hart, Tim Anaviapik-Soucie, George Russell, Clifford Paul, Cate Dewey, Sherilee L. Harper

And here’s a link to Carleton University’s CIRCLE:

The Centre for Indigenous Research, Culture, Language and Education (CIRCLE) strives to facilitate the research, and delivery of linguistic and cultural materials of the First Peoples of North America as well as all Canadians. A special focus is on cultural expressions linked with music and language, both for Aboriginal Canadians and other indigenous people

Indigenous environmental justice works to turn long-standing stewardship into recognized governance

Deborah McGregor is an associate professor at York University’s environmental studies program and Osgoode Hall law school in Toronto. She is the information and education program manager for the Tribal Natural Resources Department with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation. (Submitted by Deborah McGregor)

Decolonization, Reconciliation, and the Extra-Rational Potential of the Arts

cheyanne turions
March 23, 2016

cheyanne turions

cheyanne turionscheyanne turions is an independent curator and writer who holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of British Columbia, and is currently pursing a master’s degree in Visual Studies from the University of Toronto. From the farmlands of Treaty 8, she is of settler and Indigenous ancestry. She sits on the Board of Directors for Kunstverein Toronto, the Editorial Advisory Committee for C Magazine and the Advisory Board for the Art Museum at the University of Toronto. She is the director of No Reading After the Internet (Toronto). Photo credit: Yuula Benivolski